Well, it’s here – the new year. I find myself busy about the task of reorganizing and utilizing all of the gifts given to me at Christmas. I ran across this awesome little sticker that my wife put in my stocking. It’s a Christian pun sticker that shows a fried egg with the words “I like my yokes easy.” Now, love a good pun, but I love the truth behind this one even more. There are many days I feel weary and/or burdened – but Jesus has promised to take my burden and provide me with rest. I want to live with more faith and less stress in 2018 – how about you?
At the turn of the new year, we have a ready-made reason to think about new beginnings. There’s no magic power in any day on the calendar, but there is something about flipping the calendar over to the next year that makes you assess what might need to change. It makes you think about possibilities, and with a blank calendar, it seems like anything is possible (it is see Phil. 4:13)
It’s pretty clear in the scriptures that the impossible is made possible through Jesus Christ. For those of you who have faith – there is hope to be found in 2018. But what we do with that hope is what will make 2018 a great year or simply just another year.
If you are looking to mount up as much strength as you can find so that you can tackle 2018 through your vast amount of strength – the task ahead of you is too great. But if you decide to try it a different way this year, I’d like to encourage you to “mount up with wings like eagles; you shall run and not be weary; you shall walk and not faint” (Is. 40:31b)
Let’s turn to His Word:
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Leaning on God seems simple in theory – but we struggle with it in practice. We master the art of “coming to God” but never finding rest; taking on the yoke of Christ while continuing to hold onto the yoke of the world; being weary in our labor but continuing to struggle along in half-measures of faith.
We chase other things to place our faith in – but they will tragically let us down. This is not an exhaustive list, but maybe you have placed your faith in:
- Others – You are dependent on other people for happiness and joy. The problem is that other people will inevitably let you down (even with their best efforts). Rather than put all our eggs in someone’s basket, let’s commit to being gracious to our loved ones this year. They are imperfect, but we will love them anyway!
- Money/Possessions – Maybe you are dependent on your bank account/job/house/car/etc for joy. Anytime your dollars are threatened, your happiness is affected. We have to live – so I’m not suggesting you turn a blind eye to your financial stability – but your faith and hope should be in God above all things.
- Yourself – Ultimately, I think that many of us rely on ourselves more than anything. It’s a lonely, burdensome world to live in when the weight of it is upon your shoulders.
Whatever the category, if you’ve misplaced your faith, would you consider getting before a holy, loving, patient God and laying your burdens at His feet in 2018?
If you’d like prayer for any particular burdens, feel free to comment below and receive prayer in your struggle!